CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 11, 2009) â€“ In a Disney exclusive, numerous Disney Channel stars will set sail this summer, joining thousands of Disney Cruise Line guests aboard the Disney Wonder for eight special sailings during the first-ever “Disney Channel Summer at Sea,” presented by Kodak.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to partner with Disney Channel and offer guests on our ship a unique opportunity to sail with Disney Channel stars,â€ said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. â€œA cruise vacation with Disney Cruise Line is always a family-favorite and â€˜Disney Channel Summer at Seaâ€™ provides families another reason to set sail and experience the Disney difference.â€
Popular stars from Disney Channel shows like “Hannah Montana,” “Sonny With A Chance,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” â€œJONAS,â€ “Camp Rock,” “High School Musical” and “Hatching Pete” will sail with guests on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises taking place July 9 through August 2. During these themed sailings, Disney Channel stars will help pump up the volume during onboard deck parties and will join guests for Q & A and autograph sessions along with preview screenings of Disney Channel programming. The onboard fun culminates with a â€œParty with the Starsâ€ event, an evening where guests can join the stars for a special live musical performance. As an added treat, Radio Disney will broadcast live from the ship during two of the cruises.
Aligning with Kodak’s “It’s Time to Smile” campaign, all Disney fans will be able to share in the ship-to-shore fun online. Select video-blog reporters onboard the ship will capture their magical vacation memories on a â€˜KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Cameraâ€™ and post video from their voyages at disney.com/summeratsea.
â€œAt Kodak, weâ€™re all about relationships. We bring people together through images and are thrilled to work with the Disney Channel to help Disney fans share their magical vacation memories,â€ said Kodak Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President Jeffrey Hayzlett.
Each cruise during “Disney Channel Summer at Seaâ€ will include multiple Disney Channel stars. Among those scheduled to sail include Tiffany Thornton from â€œSonny With A Chanceâ€ (July 9 & 12), Nicole Anderson â€œJONASâ€ (July 9 & 12), Jason Earles from â€œHannah Montanaâ€ (July 16 & 19), Mitchel Musso from â€œHannah Montanaâ€ (July 19), Jason Dolley from â€œHatching Peteâ€ (July 23 & 26), Debby Ryan from â€œThe Suite Life on Deckâ€ (July 30) and Alyson Stoner from â€œCamp Rockâ€ (Aug. 2). More stars will be announced shortly, guests can visit disneycruise.com/summeratsea frequently for up-to-date information on the line-up of stars sailing. (Talent is subject to change without notice.)
“Disney Channel Summer at Sea” adds to the family-friendly fun found onboard a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line provides a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created just for them. Families enjoy award-winning Broadway-style entertainment at the Walt Disney Theatre, play together at high-energy deck parties featuring the only fireworks display at sea and dine in three uniquely themed restaurants. Kids delight in their own dedicated spaces and become immersed in Disney stories with their favorite characters and hosted by specially trained youth counselors. While the kids are at play, parents can slip away and relax at the spa, soak up rays at the adult-only pool, dance the night away in the clubs, or enjoy an exquisite Northern Italian meal at Palo.
A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean with special voyages to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on tap for 2010. Disney Channel Summer at Sea voyages are exclusive to three- and four-night itineraries on the Disney Wonder between July 9 and Aug. 2 with rates starting at $679 per person — based on double occupancy for a category 12 inside stateroom, not including government taxes and fees. Land/sea vacation packages that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort are also available. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.